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For the Love of the Blankie - Should You Wean Your child from a Prized Lovey?

While pushing her stroller through a downpour with her son, four, hunkered on the buggy board and her daughter, two, snuggled under the stroller’s rain tarp, Karen Conklin didn’t notice her daughter’s favorite pink blanket slip out. When Conklin finally arrived home, her relief was short-lived when she realized in horror that Annie’s “pillow pod” was missing.

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Terrific Toddlerhood

Toddlerhood really is a wonderful stage in a child’s life. The behavior of the one- to four-year-old is judged as being difficult and ‘naughty.’ Parents and caregivers can learn how their toddler’s behavior is developmentally appropriate and correct for their age. Here are some stages that toddlers go through and helpful parenting behaviors:

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Little Larks - Need More Shut-Eye? Here's How to Entertain Your Early-Bird!

Many families struggle to rouse sleepy children in the morning, but what if you have the opposite problem? If your preschooler is wide awake and chirpy with the dawn, you need rest and solutions to keep your early riser from waking the household. Adjusting your child’s bedtime is an obvious first step, but if that is not an option, or does not have the desired results, there is still hope.

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Help Your Preschooler Start Smart

You’ve picked up your child from their twos, threes or fours program, with the rest of the day or the weekend ahead of you. Now what? It’s a common dilemma. “So many parents ask me, ‘What do I do with my child when we get home?’” says Elissa Sungar, a former preschool teacher at Stanford University Laboratory School and the co-creator of, a free website that guides parents through 300 short and fun daily activities to help them make sure their child is ready for Kindergarten.

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